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Old 10-08-2001, 07:57 AM
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This is shamelessly self serving, but would anyone be interested in critiqing my site for me?
Please be brutally honest. I can take it.
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http://www.lifetimephoto.com
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Old 10-08-2001, 08:15 AM
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vikki,

i went back quickly just now to make sure it was as i remembered it; but i am of the opinion i formed when i first visited it: it's great. i particularly like the abundance of examples and the way you have them set up over there on the left.

i said somewhere else earlier that if i had remembered where it (your site) was, i would have posted it myself in this thread.

your text is very clear and helpful.

i really don't see anything that needs changing.

i guess it could be good to have more non-optional large side by sides; but i know that might be a matter of real-estate and longer downloads. the comments of someone who knows something about advertising will prob be more helpful, and i admit to being so fond of your work that i can't see any problems with the site, so take mine for what it's worth. i tried to find fault, but i couldn't.

oh i know. when i first saw your site, i always assumed that was you on the cover of time. i have been grateful you posted your picture to disabuse me of that notion.
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Old 10-08-2001, 08:55 AM
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Thanks Kathleen.
I was hoping it wasn't too bare/sparse. I know myself, I like to see a lot of examples, so that's what I focused on.

I'm not sure what you meant by this....
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i guess it could be good to have more non-optional large side by sides;
Again, thanks!

Oh, the cover page photo is my brother. It was one of the first restorations I did. Because this turned out pretty good, I think that's what hooked me.
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Old 10-08-2001, 09:16 AM
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Hi Vikki
I really like your website. It is easy to navigate and easy to read. Unlike some that put words against background colors you have to strain to see. I especially liked your details page where you list the "What we can't do". It really clears up a lot of confussion about what restorers are capable of and what materials the client needs to provide if damage is too bad. And your ideas about how to send the photo was good too. I wondered how to get over the customers fears about sending the original photo. Having it locally photographed or scanned is a great idea. I really think it turns off alot of potential customers when they think they have to send their precious originals through mail. Great site and well thought out.
DJ
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Old 10-08-2001, 10:07 AM
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hey vikki -

i thought that might be vague when i wrote it. an example of what i meant is the little boy's school photo. a big before and after that is there for your perusal sans clicking anything.

and i went back again - you meant that your brother is that home page restoration, right? the magazine cover i was talking about was biography, not time. i knew i remembered that as a woman (you). (not).

i frequently assume people know what i'm talking about. dangerous assumption for someone as obscure as i often am.

i did not think it sparse at all as a web site, but reproduced exactly on paper as a brochure, it would be. also many pages long. but for the web medium i think it's just right.
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Old 10-08-2001, 10:22 AM
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Thanks DJ and Kathleen.
It's important to me, as I use the site as a portfolio for potential business, and have it on my business cards. The site itself does not generate any business! So much for ebusiness.
I'm not really concerned about getting business off the web, but thought maybe it was my presentation.

Kathleen, that woman is a friend of mine. I made that as a birthday card (8x10 though). I have a lot of fun doing those.

I do have a lot of pages, and I'm working on more. It's really time consuming to update the site. But I'm trying to be more disciplined about it. I'd like to get all of my work online soon.
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Old 10-08-2001, 04:56 PM
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Vikki,

I agree with the others. Don't change a thing! I also especially like the way you have the samples available for clicking on the left side. The site looks great, as does your work. Keep it up.

Ed
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Old 10-08-2001, 07:12 PM
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Vikki,

I have to agree with others. I checked out your site a while back (looked for any members who had websites listed) and really like how you have it laid out. I don't think it's too sparse at all - there are too many websites that are "too busy" in my opinion. The way you present your work allows viewers to focus on one thing at a time. I think that's important in this line of work. I also like how you describe what people can expect from you - and what they can't. I think that's really important to include - not only to set your own limits, but also to set customers' expectations.

I find it interesting that you haven't gotten any business off of the web. I know that some other members of this forum have websites as well. How would the rest of you rate your website in terms of the amount of business is draws in for you?

Jeanie
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Old 10-08-2001, 08:06 PM
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Vikki,
I think your site is very nice. It covers all the bases,with information,prices and well done before and after samples. It is very easy to navigate as well.
Great looking restorations also!!!
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Old 10-08-2001, 09:05 PM
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Vikki, Very nice. Tasteful, solid and well laid out. Enough examples to show your considerable talent but not overwhelming. I really like it. I really cant find anything to improve upon. Tom
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